Deloitte Best Managed Companies Awards

09.03.14:  Almost one hundred (97) leading Irish indigenous companies have been recognised for outstanding levels of business performance at the sixth annual Deloitte Best Managed Companies Awards, in association with Barclays Bank Ireland, held in Dublin. The winners comprised companies receiving the award for the first time, in addition to companies that have maintained the standard of a Best Managed Company for a number of years, thereby retaining the accolade. An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, TD, congratulated the award winners in a keynote speech at the event.

Companies joining the Best Managed Company network for the first time this year come from all four corners of Ireland, and represent the best of Irish innovation and entrepreneurship across a range of industries including construction, manufacturing, ICT, hospitality and catering, among others.

This year’s new winning companies are:

• Anaconda Equipment International Tyrone
• Byrne Looby Partners Dublin
• Cliff House Hotel Waterford
• Collins McNicholas Recruitment & HR Services Group Galway
• Donnybrook Fair Ltd Dublin
• Heatons Dublin
• Henderson Foodservice Ltd Antrim
• Johnson & Perrott Motor Group Cork
• KCC Architectural Dublin
• Kylemore Services Group Ltd (KSG) Dublin
• Mac – interiors Down
• Modular Automation Clare
• Morrison Mainline Limited Cork
• Stewart Galway
• TES (NI) Ltd Tyrone
• The National Chemical Co. Ltd. (NCC) Dublin
• Viatel Dublin
• Zenith Technologies Cork

The awards recognised three companies for high quality submissions in the areas of strategy, capability and commitment, which are the cornerstones of the Best Managed Company criteria. Johnson & Perrott Motor Group was recognised for strategy; Collins McNicholas Recruitment & HR Services Group for capability; and Byrne Looby Partners for commitment respectively. The National Chemical Company Ltd was selected from among the winning companies to receive the special Irish Management Institute award, which recognised the company’s commitment to learning.

Fifteen of the winning companies were given special recognition, the gold standard accolade, having secured the ‘Best Managed’ status for the fourth time.

The gold standard companies are:
• Barry & Fitzwilliam Cork
• Campion Insurances Dublin
• Ergo Dublin
• Genesis Crafty Derry
• Herlihy Supermarket Group Ltd Cork
• Nature's Best Limited Louth
• Portview Fit-Out Limited Antrim
• PM Group Dublin
• REDCO Dublin
• Silver Hill Foods Monaghan
• SLA Mobile Antrim
• The Mount Charles Group Limited Antrim
• TLI Group Kerry
• TNS Distribution Dublin
• Topaz Energy Group Limited Dublin

Commenting, An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, TD, said: "It is great to see so many indigenous Irish companies achieving this best in class standard and a good sign we can achieve the aim of becoming the best small country in the world for business. Companies like the award-winners are the job creators who are crucial to our economic recovery. The Government wants to build on the 61,000 new jobs created last year and, through the Action Plan for Jobs, will continue a relentless focus on creating jobs in the domestic economy."

Brendan Jennings, Managing Partner, Deloitte and judging panel member echoed the Taoiseach’s comments saying: “As the Irish economy continues to strengthen the outlook for the companies here tonight is extremely positive. They have all demonstrated an exceptional ability to innovate and grow and are now excellently positioned to benefit as the outlook for Ireland Inc continues to improve.”

Former CEO of Enterprise Ireland, Frank Ryan, chaired the independent judging panel that took a holistic approach to measuring company performance, looking at strategy, capability, commitment, and management performance, in addition to financials.

Andrew Hastings, CEO of Barclays Bank Ireland, added: “As a lead sponsor, we have witnessed first-hand how some of Ireland’s best managed companies are excelling. Having mentored and supported each of them throughout the process, we have been particularly impressed by their ability to adapt and display best practice management across a wide range of key business areas. It is clear that the companies recognised today have succeeded in applying this winning formula and I believe they are setting a great example for all businesses across Ireland.”

The Deloitte Best Managed Companies Awards Programme, in association with Barclays Bank Ireland, is open to companies from all 32 counties on the island of Ireland. It is the only awards programme that considers a business’ performance from every perspective. Details of entry for the 2014/2015 programme will be issued in the coming weeks on www.deloittebestmanaged.ie.

The ’Best Managed’ designation is an important marketing tool for the winning companies – but, perhaps most importantly, the awards provide a reason to celebrate the efforts of the entire company.

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